Modes Like Jagger

Modes Like Jagger

Greetings from Los Angeles where the swaying palm trees and gentle desert breeze have me in a dream-like state. Contributing to my bliss is the fact that tonight, I'll have the privilege of seeing The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan in concert, neither of whom I've ever seen live before. How do you even begin to wrap your head around that? I don't know, so I'm not trying. What I am doing instead is dining al fresco, wondering about the sartorial stylings of my favorite rock stars (like The Beatles) and plotting to wear a black and white sequin bustier to see The Stones inspired by my research for this post. All in a day's work. 

Ok, next after the Beatles: Mick Jagger. I'm just going to give this verdict up front: Mick Jagger has style, flare, panache, pizzaz, elan, whatever you call it- he has it. Let's examine the photographic evidence, shall we? However, before we go one step further, can we pause to thank the fashion designer whose genius mind conceived of the embroidered silk dinner jacket in the feature image? That is a victory for all of us. Also there is 0% chance I'm not trying red on purple sometime soon, thanks Mick.

Without further ado, here is Sir Mick Jagger looking absolutely, uniquely, himself wearing...

 

Bold Embroidered Jackets

In red, gold, green, and every color in between. Sound like a verse from the Rolling Stones? It's not. 

 

Bold Suits

It takes something to wear a matching ensemble in such a dramatic color or print. 

 

Bold Scarves

Off duty, Mick adds scarves to retain a touch of drama in his looks. 

Bold Outfits

An early experimenter with androgyny, Mick never shied away from putting together an outfit using unconventional elements. 

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Time to discuss. Notice a theme? Mick is nothing if not bold about the clothes he chooses to wear. That said, most of the images I ended up being drawn to and including in this post were of Mick performing, which got me thinking: are these clothes reflective of Mick's personal style or of Jagger's rock persona? Of his on-stage clothing, Jagger has said:

"The costume helps you be the performer, but it also helps you keep your feet on the ground when you take it off." 

Costume: a most interesting choice of words, no? It would seem to me we wear clothes to be ourselves, but costumes to become someone else. Perhaps it is in wearing such bold clothing that Mick Jagger, the man, enters the persona of Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stone. And his statement makes me feel that both characters in his life: the man and the icon, benefit from the delineation he is deliberately making with his clothing (which reminds me of another entertainer who did the same). If a bold sequin jacket helps a man, who is vulnerable and mortal and harbors fear and pain as we all do, transform into an icon, who is unassailable and invincible and somehow superhuman, I say isn't that a testament to the power of the clothes we wear? 

A young, pensive Jagger, or is it a young, pensive Mick? Photo: Anwar Hussein, 1973.

A young, pensive Jagger, or is it a young, pensive Mick? Photo: Anwar Hussein, 1973.

If you have any insight on Mick Jagger's style/costume/clothing-as-prop, I'd love to hear it. Additionally, if you have any thoughts on whether Dylan and The Stones will treat us to Like A Rolling Stone, please share. I mean, don't they technically have to? Will The Stones play Gimme Shelter? The anticipation is beautiful and brutal at once. 

 

 

Feature Image: AP. 

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